BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - St. Stanislaus and Bay High always play toe-to-toe when they clash on the soccer field. Monday night was no exception.
Both the Tigers and the home standing Rockachaws played to a 1-all tie in the first half. St. Stanislaus opened the second half with a number of scoring opportunities but the Tigers defense stopped every assault.
Midway through the second half Bay High gained a little momentum and pressed their offensive attack. St. Stanislaus keeper Owen Betz came through stopping every Bay High opportunity.
With about 3 minutes remaining in regulation, St. Stanisalus moved the ball in front of the Tigers goal.
Corbin Blanchard had the ball, West Zimmerman took it and got off a shot. It was a slow roller that ended up in the back left side of the Bay High goal and St. Stanisalus had the lead 2-1.
Rockachaws head coach Ryan Joiner had his players defend their side of the field and would hold off a determined Bay High team, that lost their starting keeper in the second half.
Zimmerman said, "Our team deserved it. We've been working so hard all year and it's only right that we make it to the state championship for a 3rd year in a row."
"Both teams left it on the field, "stated coach Joiner. "I'm proud of my boys for what they have done and accomplished. All the testament to Bay High for what they did."
Austin Miller scored the first goal for the Rockachaws.
The two-time defending Class 4A state championship Rockachaws (23-3-1) punched their ticket to the state championship game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Madison Central. St. Stanislaus, the South State champs, will play the winner between Florence and Amory. Those two teams won't play until Wednesday for the North State title.
Ocean Springs held a 1-0 first half lead over home standing Brandon Monday night in the Class 6A South State boys title game. Brandon tied the soccer clash in the second half.
Both teams failed to score in overtime and the Greyhounds would get the job done, winning the game 5-2 on penalty kicks. Ocean Springs advances to the title game 6 p.m. Saturday at Clinton. The Greyhounds will play Wednesday's winner between Madison Central and Tupelo.
Brandon eliminated the Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds 2-0 to claim the girls Class 6A South State title.
The West Harrison Lady Canes dominated West Jones in the Class 5A girls South State championship game, netting a 2-0 victory to advance to Saturday championship. The Lady Canes will play 4 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central. They await Wednesday's North State survivor between Oxford and Saltillo.
The boys Class 5A South State title game is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday. East Central travels to Stone in a showdown that will send the winner to the state finals 6 p.m. at Madison Central.